A £1,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information about a dog which was found dumped in Melton Mowbray, with fatal injuries.
The RSPCA is continuing to look for the person who dumped the severely injured Patterdale terrier last month.
The female dog was discovered lying in a track near a council depot in Dalby Road on the morning of Monday, March 28.
She was spotted by a dog walker who took her home before then taking her to a vet. Examination showed the dog had suffered a series of bite wounds to her face, while areas of her skin were rotting away.
Vets say that these were consistent with her having been involved in badger baiting. The severity of the dog’s injuries left vets with little option than to put her to sleep.
Now, a kind hearted follower of the UK Animal Cruelty Files, which documents animal abuse and injustice across the country, is offering a generous £1,000 reward for information which could lead to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the dog getting into this state.
The RSPCA is aware that this reward is being offered, but are unable to administer it themselves.
RSPCA Inspector Helen Smith, who is investigating the incident, said: “The wounds this poor dog had to her face were awful and had been left untreated and had caused her skin to just rot away through infection.
“In our experience, the bite wounds are consistent with her having been used for badger digging.
“These are just awful injuries and she would have suffered an incredible amount of pain – it’s just heartbreaking to even think about”.
You can contact UK Animal Cruelty Files, in complete confidence, by emailing them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All leads will be forwarded to the RSPCA.
To contact the RSPCA directly, call their Inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.